The perfect fake Cartier Santos — or, officially, Santos de Cartier — was a commercial version of the Cartier Santos Dumont, which was only available in precious metals. The luxury replica Cartier Santos in both steel and gold and steel came out in 1978 (we wrote about it here). More specifically, it debuted on October 20th, the same date that the watch above will go up for auction at Bonhams. The NY auction house is offering this 1990s AAA super clone Cartier Santos CA in gold and steel just three days from today as part of its Fine Watches and Clocks auction.
It’s amazing how little information Bonhams is giving on this watch in comparison to other auction houses. The listing even lacks a reference number for this example, which happens to be 2961. The best 1:1 replica Cartier measures 29mm in width and 41mm from lug to lug. Inside is a Cartier caliber 077, based on ETA’s caliber 2671. Bonhams estimates the Cartier super clone online CA to sell for between $3,000 and $5,000, which seems spot-on. Remember that you have to pay a premium to the auction house.